Survey Experts Network

The ‘SERISS Survey Experts Network’ brings together survey practitioners and researchers and provides a platform to discuss how to tackle specific challenges in survey methodology and data harmonisation. The ‘SERISS Survey Experts Network’ aims to exploit synergies by exchanging knowledge and practice in state-of-the-art survey research and to explore opportunities for possible future cooperation between different organisations.

Organisations represented in the ‘SERISS Survey Experts Network’ include: Eurostat, Eurofound, OECD (PIAAC), ISSP, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), Gallup World Poll, RTI, Kantar Public, and Ipsos MORI. Workshops are also attended by representatives from European national statistics institutes and academic researchers.

The Network is organised around a series of annual thematic workshops:

‘Survey Codings tools workshop’

University Ca’ Foscari, Venice, 14-15 February 2019

Survey Codings tools, developed under Workpackage 8 of the SERISS project, were showcased at a workshop led by Kea Tijdens (WageIndicator) and Stephanie Stuck (SHARE ERIC). Workpackage 8 colleagues, Survey Codings experts, representatives from national and international surveys and special guests delivered presentations during the two-day event:

Survey Codings presentations by WP8 colleagues:

Special guest presentations:

  • SG.1 The Experience of the Bank of Italy (Alfonso Rosolia, Banca d’Italia)
  • SG.2 Occupations, skills and duties: The Italian O*Net INAPP project (Dario Guarascio, INAPP – Public Policy Innovation)

Participant presentations discussing their organisation’s experiences relating to coding socio-economic variables:

This event built on a previous workshop showcasing the coding tools held at the University of Amsterdam on 4-5 September 2017. This included a demonstration and discussion of digital tools for harmonised coding of socio-economic variables developed under SERISS Work Package 8. You can read the workshop report or view the tools.

‘Legal and ethical issues of combining survey data with new forms of data’

City, University of London, 19 June 2018

The main purpose of the third workshop was to bring together researchers, survey practitioners and other stakeholders (e.g. representatives from data archives, national statistics institutes, social media platforms) involved in data collection, data preservation and data linkage to discuss challenges and solutions for linking survey data with new forms of data in light of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In total 32 participants attended the interactive workshop. Deliverable 5.11 – Survey Experts Network Meeting 3: Legal and ethical issues of combining survey data with new forms of data – summarises the presentations given during the workshop, the discussion outcomes and planned future steps. A copy of presentation slides is available for selected speakers:

‘Establishing a roadmap for the use of computational linguistics’ tools and translation technologies in survey research’

Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, 14-15 March 2018

Part of WP3: Maximising equivalence through translation, a seminar was held to bring together experts in translation and language studies to help maximise the equivalence of survey items. The seminar brought together 13 experts from comparative survey methodology, survey translation, computational linguistics e.g. machine translation, translation technologies, and corpus linguistics. Presentations delivered by the experts are available to view:

‘Representing the population in surveys’

Munich Center for the Economics of Aging (MEA), 8 December 2016

Devoted to sampling challenges in cross-national surveys (SERISS Work Package 2). Issues discussed: sampling practices across Europe, alternative sampling approaches, challenges of obtaining high-quality sampling frames from population registers for different types of organisations conducting surveys, possible cooperation to gain better access to registers or to share sampling frames across surveys. Read the workshop report.